One thing to keep in mind if you go see Garbage...don't
piss Shirley Manson off! The band finally made it to Auckland this past Friday
(Oct. 11) where they played the North Shore Events Centre, a glorified
gymnasium, that holds several thousand paying customers. It looked like a
strong turnout, the younger element there to see openers Ash. Hailing from
Northern Ireland, Ash drew screams just by setting foot on stage. The trio, led
by vocalist/guitarist Tim Wheeler, have a sound reminiscent of first generation
British punk bands such as The Jam and The Buzzcocks with a healthy dose of
grunge thrown in. They managed to squeeze 11 songs into their 40 minute set
including "Goldfinger," "Girls From Mars" and "Oh Yeah," the latter a beautiful
slice of Beach Boys inspired pop. If these youngsters can continue to come up
with songs as good as that, they'll be doin' alright.
After a half hour
wait, the lights went down...
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